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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-07-2015, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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I was just driving the 94 v6 I got yesterday and I was pulling into my girlfriend's grandparents and I decided to backup. When I put it back in drive nothing happened. I put it in park then down to 1. I had to Rev the engine to about 2k and it began moving. I repeated this process to get the car out of the road and parked it. I checked the fluid yesterday and it smelled a bit like burned plastic. I planned on changing the fluid and filter tomorrow. Could anyone give me any possibilities off the top of your head?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-07-2015, 09:14 PM
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By your description of the problem, burnt fluid, and by reading the above chart, we can reasonably ascertain that since the slipping occurs both in 1st Gear D, and 1st Gear Manual Low a defective Forward Clutch is a likely cause.

When you remove the tran's oil pan look for excessive amounts of clutch material (gray mud), and metal particles. These signs would be indications of worn out compositions, and steels.

I'm sorry to read this about your new purchase. If it is indeed what I suspect, perhaps you can use the trans from the smashed red car.

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When I dropped the pan the filter was in the bottom of the pan so I assume the problem was caused by the filter falling out of place. Which make and model would have the closest thing to a plug and play? I'll be going to a u pull it most likely. I know the newer model transmissions are improved but I'm not sure if you have to modify anything for them to work.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 03:30 PM
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A new 96+ pan from Ford isn't expensive, get a filter for the 96+ also.

rushtonracing mentioned the inside of the pan, how did it look?

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-14-2015, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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I scraped enough material off of the pan magnet to make an egg sized ball. My dad told me it's most likely shot. I can get the car to move if I Rev it to around 4k. I'm afraid to attempt the journey home
because I don't want to damage anything else. Also you can hear a grinding or ticking noise that I assume is the torque convertor

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-14-2015, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 95 v8 I wrecked a couple of months ago. Is it possible to make this transmission work long enough to find the appropriate v6 transmission? Not being able to drive my bird is making me crazy. I know what must be done to swap the v8 and trans but I don't want to do this as I plan on fixing the small issues on the v6 and selling it for another v8
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Where in bama are you located? I would just find a scrap yard trans, and swap them. That would be the cheapest route if you want to sell the car.

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I'm in mobile. I have owned the car a week so I'd like to keep it for a while so no one else gets stuck buying something that's going to break down after 30 miles. Is it worth it to find a newer transmission or will a 1994 replacement suffice for normal use? Like I said I don't want to keep this car for long, the v6 birds aren't for me.
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I'm in Mobile as well, and I have a trans from my 1996 3.8L cougar project car. I need a couple sensors from it, but I don't plan to use the trans. PM me and we can talk.

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I've started tinkering with my 94 bird again, here's an update. When I drop it into D if I pay close attention I can feel the engine receive a small load and there is a slight bump as if the car is trying to go into gear. It doesn't have first, second is iffy. I got someone to get in my truck and give me a push, the car grabbed third and went. Upon braking the attempt to grab second was a bust. Reverse is working but you have to give it some throttle as if one of the brakes are locked up.
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Sounds like that transmission is toast. I still have one sitting out there.

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Ahh very nice! I still need to get that from you. I've been tinkering with the idea of putting a manual in it but ultimately decided that that particular mod would be a waste of time in a base 3.8
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I literally had the exact same scenario happen with my 95 Supercoupe, ton of gray mud at the bottom of the pan. Im swapping in a 99 mustang trans

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